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861 Ratings

The Look of Silence


Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Denmark, Indonesia, 2014


A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

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The Look of Silence Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2014 | 5 wins including: Best Euro-Mediterranean Film

Berlin International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Peace Film Award

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Documentary, Feature

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | Winner: Best Documentary

Like all great nonfiction films—and all great films period—The Look of Silence is engaged in unveiling reality. An alternate title for this horror movie about monsters wandering in plain sight—and those who see them for what they are—could be They Live.
January 04, 2016
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A superior companion piece to his 2012 documentary, “The Act of Killing,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s damningly clear-eyed and compassionate second feature about the 1960s mass killings in Indonesia offers an essential piece of reportage on a still-unanswered historical outrage.
December 17, 2015
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Where Oppenheimer’s first documentary on this history, The Act of Killing (2012), valorized the power of the camera, this new companion film supplies a dictionary of gazes… The deft restraint that guides The Look of Silence—perhaps more influenced by Adi’s reserve than by Oppenheimer’s artistic instinct—contrasts sharply with the proudly lurid excesses of The Act of Killing.
October 22, 2015
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